It continues to get worse for Apple’s polarising new iPhones (particularly the oddball iPhone XR2). And now a new exclusive has revealed there’s no escape from Apple’s bizarre 2019 designs.
The always excellent 9to5Mac has attained physical cases for both new iPhone ranges from acclaimed Apple insider Sonny Dickson. And Dickson himself has spoken to me to confirm their credible source and assert that he is “very” confident in their accuracy.
So what do we learn? The big takeaway is Apple is indeed fitting the iPhone 11, 11 Max and XR2 (final names TBC) with the largest camera hump in iPhone history. A huge square cut-out exists in the top left corner of all three new models and, while this makes sense for the new triple lens array in the flagships, Apple is still imposing it on the iPhone XR2 despite it having two lenses.
I’m sure Apple will have an exciting name for these camera setups, but I’d like to christen them “stove tops”. After all, if they looked good, Apple wouldn’t be trying to hide them.
More incrementally, Apple is also slightly lowering the power and volume buttons which should be more ergonomically friendly. That said, the primary reason for this appears to be to make room for the longer (and in my opinion, worse) vertical mute slider seen on iPads, which will replace the iPhone’s popular horizontal mute switch. You can see 9to5Mac run through the cases in the video below:
External design aside, Apple is also making another controversial change its flagship iPhones this year: removing 3D Touch. The class-leading Taptic Engine will be stripped out and replaced by a standard haptic motor like its rivals. Apple looks set to use the extra internal space this provides to install bigger batteries but, technologically, it’s a disappointing backwards step. And dual audio Bluetooth won’t make up for it.
So what should you do? Given what we know about Apple’s exciting 2020 iPhone design changes and the return of full-screen Touch ID, the smart money skips this year. If Apple’s attention is elsewhere, maybe yours should be too.